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Macau’s Finest


With the casino scene booming, the city’s dining landscape is changing quickly. Here, some of our favorites—old and new. By JEN LIN-LIU

Published on Apr 2, 2010

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The Shanghai-based chain run by American entrepreneur Bob Boyce extends its reach past mainland China with this swanky restaurant-cum-pub in The Venetian Macao, bringing American comforts with a fusion twist, like Sichuanmarinade rib-eye steaks and Asian chicken salads. With its wide-screen televisions suspended above the bar, an extensive cocktail list and hip Café del Mar tunes, this is one place that exemplifies Macau’s Vegas-like rise. Don’t miss the Bloody Mary kit—an assortment of ingredients for the iconic treat, which you assemble yourself— best ordered with Sunday brunch.

Shop 1037, Level 1, Grand Canal Shoppes, The Venetian Macao, Cotai, Macau, +853 2882 8281

Fernando's, MacauNaysayers might call it overrated, but this longtime eatery, decorated with simple checkered tablecloths and wood-paneled walls, is still one of the best Portuguese restaurants in town. Located near the quiet Hac Sa Beach, it’s a fantastic reprieve from the growing hubbub of downtown Macau and the Cotai Strip. That Fernando Gomes and his manager Lorenzo Lopez are still fixtures here attests to the consistent quality the restaurant has been able to maintain for more than 22 years. It also feels like a home—patrons are free to stroll around the back garden and even into the kitchen, which is capacious enough to accommodate the occasional curious diner. Don’t miss the delicious suckling pig, roasted for several hours in a shallow baking pan to give the skin a crispy finish.

9 Praia de Hac Sa, +853 2888 2264/2531

For a surreal experience, pop on over to The Venetian’s main casino floor around midnight, head up a short ramp set amid the clanging slot machines, and sit back as the waiters pour tea and serve delicious dim sum. Aside from being one of the few dim sum places in the world situated in the middle of a casino floor, it’s also open 24 hours. Decorated with Chinese lanterns and wooden tables, the place is perpetually packed with Cantonese who jet over from Hong Kong via speedboat. Don’t miss the pan-fried noodles with pork and the shrimp dumplings (har gaw).

Shop 1042, Venetian Macao-Resort-Hotel, Cotai Strip, Macau, +853 2882 8888

If you have time for only one meal in Macau, eat it here. This seven-table restaurant down a back alley in Taipa (not far from the Cotai Strip) serves delicious home-style Portuguese dishes and reasonably priced wines. Merlinde Clemente, the Angola-raised owner of Portuguese and Macanese descent, often eats near the kitchen, watching over her chefs who prepare meals with recipes from her childhood. Don’t miss the arroz de mariscos—a dish similar to paella—crab, shrimp, clams and mussels slow-cooked in a clay pot with rice.

Rua das Virtudes near Taipan Mercado, +853 2882 7421

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